• The Department of Justice and Movie Captioning

    by  • January 14, 2011 • Legislation, News

    From HLAA National:

    Twenty years ago, HLAA members came out in force when it was time to comment on rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our comments helped shape the way the rules were written. We need you to do that again to push for captioned movies.

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) published a notice that it is considering changes to its regulations to require movie theater owners and operators to show captioned movies. DOJ is inviting written comments from members of the public.

    SPEAK UP ABOUT MOVIE CAPTIONS NOW.

    According to the DOJ, written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments must be submitted ON or BEFORE January 24, 2011.  Comments must be identified by RIN 1190–AA63 (or Docket ID No. 112).

    To file comments electronically:
    1. Check out the Fact Sheet about the Proposed Rule on Movie Captioning.
    2. Click on www.regulations.gov.
    3. Enter Docket ID: DOJ–CRT–0112 and click “Search”.
    4. Click on “View by Docket Folder”.
    5. Click on the little blue “Open Docket Folder” on the right of the orange title of the proposed rulemaking. 
    6. Click on the blue title of the proposed rule to open the HTML version of the proposed rule with all the 26 questions lined out.
    7. At the top of the page, you will see an orange bar saying “Submit a Comment”.

    To file written comments via Regular U.S. mail:
    Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
    P.O. Box 2885
    Fairfax, VA 22031–0885

    Overnight, courier, or hand delivery:
    Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
    1425 New York Avenue, N.W. Suite 4039
    Washington, DC 20005